Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile

THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Project Title: “A rapid cycle approach to improving medication adherence through incentives and remote monitoring for coronary artery disease patients”
Geographic Reach: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Funding Amount: $4,841,221
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $2,787,030

Summary

The University of Pennsylvania received an award for a program to improve medication adherence and health outcomes in patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital with acute myocardial infarction.  Such patients typically have high rates of poor medication adherence and hospital readmissions and are costly to monitor through intensive case management. The intervention will increase medication adherence through remote monitoring, medication reminders, incentives, and support from family and friends. It will also retrain social workers as engagement advisors to provide additional support as needed. The result will be improved health outcomes and lower cost. The investments made by this grant are expected to generate cost savings beyond the three year grant period. Over a three-year period, University of Pennsylvania’s program will train an estimated 21 workers, while creating an estimated seven jobs for investigators, clinical social workers, a software developer, project coordinators, and a project director.

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